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I am not afraid…
I was born to do this.
Joan of Arc
Every day as a Mother I wake in the morning ready for battle. It takes me a while to wake my sleepy heart, but my three-year-old and my six-year-old negotiate like the finest army strategists.
The stories of women who have walked into battle always inspired me. Remembering those who have faced adversity and who have gone before us is like a courage cry to our weary souls.
One woman from a time so long ago who has always been an inspiration is Joan of Arc. Born in the 1400’s she faced more adversity than we can today even comprehend. With no education and being born into a peasant family in a French village, she was conscripted into the army at 16 to help out in the fiercest of battles.
She joined the military in men’s clothing, way heavier and complex than her small body could handle but she showed up in the midst of conflict and fought hard for her country. In the midst of one of the darkest nights of battle, she was recorded to say.
“I am not afraid. I was born to do this”
Although heavy armour and a culture of conscription into war is not something this housewife from Perth, Western Australia has to face. I am learning that there is a grace for every adversity that we all face and fear often takes us away from the peace we were destined to step into.
What were you born to do?
There is a grace awaiting you there.
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